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Ary innovations such as small body size wings metamorphosis and parasitic behavior have enabled insects to disperse widely occupy increasingly narrow niches and survive global catastrophes in their rise to dominance Through buggy tales by turns bizarre and comical from caddisflies that construct portable houses or weave silken auatic nets to trap floating debris to parasitic wasp larvae that develop in the blood of host insects and by storing waste products in their rear ends are able to postpone defecation until after they emerge he not only unearths how changes in our planet’s geology f. This is an interesting look at the evolution and rise of insects from the Cambrian to the present day Professor Shaw details the roles that arthropods and specifically insects have played in evolution and how these creatures affected the evolution of plants and other animal species He takes a look at why oil was was only formed during the Carboniferous era Why dinosaurs grew wings to catch insects Why insects don t live in the ocean Why the age of fishes is a misnomer I also found the author s Buggy Universe Hypothesis rather interestingThe book is easy to read but makes extensive use of scientific insect terminology so if that bothers you this is not a book for you

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Planet of the Bugs

Dinosaurs however toothy did not rule the earth and neither do humans But what were and are the true potentates of our planet Insects says Scott Richard Shaw millions and millions of insect species Starting in the shallow oceans of ancient Earth and ending in the far reaches of outer space where Shaw proposes insect like aliens may have achieved similar preeminence Planet of the Bugs spins a sweeping account of insects’ evolution from humble arthropod ancestors into the bugs we know and love or fear and hate today Planet of MOBI #224 Leaving no stone unturned Shaw explores how evolution. This book covers a really interesting subject but the author almost spoils things He s an extremely awkward guide alternately dropping strident monologues about the importance of bugs really bad poetry and journal entries and self aggrandizing preening about his accomplishments with bonus petty digs at his grad students Clearly he or his editor intended to pitch this to a general pop sci audience but they did a lazy job of it and the tone is an odd mishmash There s not enough detail or explanation of certain points for a lay audience but it s also too breezy for a specialist I wish there had been detailed descriptions of the creatures he describes because I often had to turn to secondary sources to learn about the bugs the author mentions Further the last chapter and postscript are both embarrassing in their own ways one is a gawky paean to the diversity of the insect world and the other is a sweaty fantasy of cosmological importance f

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Lora and fauna contributed to insects’ success but also how in return insects came to shape terrestrial ecosystems and amplify biodiversity Indeed in his visits to hyperdiverse rain forests to highlight the current insect extinction crisis Shaw reaffirms just how crucial these tiny beings are to planetary health and human survival In this age of honeybee die offs and bedbugs hitching rides in the spines of library books Planet of the Bugs charms with humor affection and insight into the world’s six legged creatures revealing an essential importance that resonates across time and space ?. The First StepsFrom the earliest invasion of land to today s uncounted millions the Arthropods have dominated our planet On land the jointed foot clan is mostly represented by the insects and this is their story In Planet of the Bugs biologist Scott Richard Shaw takes the reader on the ultimate field trip back to those first steps through the long eons of deep time and forward to our modern world for an in depth look on how the insects have come to rule the landscape For me this was a very satisfying read on paleontology and evolutionary biology with the focus on insects and related Arthropods If you are a dedicated science reader you may find yourself covering some familiar ground just told from a different viewpoint The author s writing is for the most part geared for the layman reader with less technical jargon but out of necessity you will find plenty of scientific names for the geologic ages and the insects discussed many of them h


10 thoughts on “Planet of the Bugs

  1. says:

    This book is not for the scientifically illiterate If you don't know what a pronotum is or are unwilling to look up the meaning of the word ecd

  2. says:

    This is a well written work popular science work on the fossil history of insects throughout the world from their origins up until today in terms of their evolution interaction with environments of the past and in some cases extinction With some nice black and white and color photos not too technical text deft touches of humor short and well paced but not too brief chapters Shaw really made a great case for why through

  3. says:

    This book covers a really interesting subject but the author almost spoils things He's an extremely awkward guid

  4. says:

    The author reviews the development of insects through the geological periods Attention is given to the geological state of the earth and to the

  5. says:

    The golden salad days of wasp parasitism Back in the very early days of internal parasitism one of the wasps managed to soil its own hypodermic ovipositor with some virus particles were injected along with a wasp egg into a hapless host insect The virus replicateddisabling the immune system Once immune systems were disab

  6. says:

    This is an interesting look at the evolution and rise of insects from the Cambrian to the present day Professor Shaw details the roles that arthropods and specifically insects have played in evolution and how the

  7. says:

    The First StepsFrom the earliest invasion of land to today's uncounted millions the Arthropods have dominated our planet On land the jointed foot clan is mostly represented by the insects and this is their story In Planet of the Bugs biologist Scott Richard Shaw takes the reader on the ultimate field trip; back to those

  8. says:

    When do children lose their rubbernecked uality? asks Scott Richard Shaw when talking about little children fascinated by bugs It's a valid uestion for him because Planet of the Bugs feels like a an eight year old in a toy store switching attention from toy to another without purpose or sense talking excitedly about each of them randomly and abandoning them in the middle of the story to start telling another It's not

  9. says:

    So first off if you don't like bugs especially wasps to some degree I wouldn't recommend this Reading some of the numbers o

  10. says:

    I loved this book I am not sure exactly why Maybe it was Shaw's conversational tone and his enthusiasm for the subject Millions of species of bugs with all manner of clever solutions to life challenges

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